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The "Christmas Stollen" is known for over 500 years. About 1475, the head cook of the castle "Hartenstein" by Torgau had the receipt for the Christmas Stollen in his cook book. The Christmas Stollen is the symbol, of the German Christmas religions atmosphere. The oblong shape was used to represent the manger. In medieval times a small figure of Christ was places on top of the stollen. Today a sprig of holly is usually the only decoration for this heavily nutted and fruited holiday bread. Especially the "Dresdner Christstollen" was so famous, that the dukes of the saxony, thought it was honor to give a "Dresdner Christstollen", to their kings for a christmas present. To many German or non- German- Americans alike, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Stollen for breakfast.

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